Explore & Serve Day
On April 17, 2023, the Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs (PMPH) of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies hosted its sixth annual Explore & Serve Presentation Day. The goal of this event is to allow graduate students to showcase their laboratory research or their community service engagement via poster and oral presentations. The event began with a welcome from both Monika Jost, PhD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and director of the Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs, and Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD, professor of pharmacology and physiology and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies.
The morning continued with an engaging talk from this year’s keynote speaker, Esther Chernak, MD, MPH. Dr. Chernak is a clinical professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and an associate professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. She also directs the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication. Dr. Chernak spoke to students and faculty about her journey to medicine, her gravitation toward public health, and her extensive work at community health centers.
Following the keynote address, the morning session concluded with oral presentations from students in the Medical Science (MMS) master’s program, and the MD/Master of Science in Medical Science (MD-MS) dual degree program, who spoke about their ongoing research endeavors. The afternoon session began with additional oral presentations from students in the MS in Biomedical Studies (MBS) program and in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS) program, who described their research at Drexel University or their extensive community service involvement. The day ended with poster presentations from additional MBS and IHS students who have been conducting laboratory, clinical or independent research, or who have been engaging in meaningful volunteer activities in Philadelphia and surrounding communities.
To learn more about Explore & Serve Day, contact Anita Gaurnier-Hausser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlights of Explore & Serve Day 2023